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What does a “non-denominational” Protestant believe?

I have heard "non-denominational" Protestant churches identify themselves as such because they believe they are above the squabbling and blindness that characterizes denominational Christianity. I ...
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Judgement upon death?

A commonly held belief is that people need to accept Jesus as Lord during their lifetime on Earth and failing to do so will result in the individual's damnation. Is there any support for this "last ...
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Are there Christian groups that speak in tongues but as a policy require translation of the God-given language?

If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?—1st Corinthians 14:23 (ESV) There ...
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What is role of speaking in tongues in Assemblies of God denomination?

A previous question was answered listing perhaps only one denomination, and it wasn't AOG, that held speaking in tongues as sign of spiritual maturity. Does the Assemblies of God group speak in ...
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Is there any manuscript or historical evidence to support the final 13 verses of Genesis 50 that appear in the Joseph Smith Translation?

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is unique in its listing of 13 verses at the end of the last chapter of Genesis--chapter 50. These verses specifically name Moses, who would be born 400 ...
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Do Mormons/LDS believe that the Bible in any way predicts the coming of Joseph Smith?

The LDS/Mormon Church, as I understand it, believes that Joseph Smith, Jr. is a prophet of God who restored the true gospel, which had been lost over the centuries. This, if true, would have been an ...
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When did emotional concepts usurp spiritual influence? [closed]

The Bible is void of emotional concepts that we call “feelings”; rather the early Church identified spiritual influences as the cause of ones countenance. For example Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of ...
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Can the ancestral sin doctrine (and Paul's epistles) survive without a single breeding pair?

The necessity of salvation in Christian doctrine seems to be inextricably linked to the view that the entirety of human nature somehow springs from the gametes (and perhaps education) of a single ...
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What is the difference between Heaven and Paradise?

In this question, under Mawia's answer, Narnian made the comment: "This uses an example taken from before payment for sins were made. Thus, it does not refer to heaven, but to Paradise" What is the ...
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How accurate is King James' Bible? [duplicate]

Proponent of King James bible themselves points the differences between King James and modern standard. If we assume the modern translation is accurate, that means KJV must be quite wrong then. The ...
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Why are the Gospels silent on the physical appearance of Jesus?

We have four books which describe the life of Jesus Christ from His birth to His death and resurrection. All the four Gospels are silent about the physical appearance of Jesus. It won't take much ...
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What is the meaning and origin of bridal veils in Christian weddings?

Does the practice of brides wearing veils have its origin in either the Bible or Christian tradition? If so, where exactly did it originate and what is it supposed to symbolize?
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Is secularizing Christian symbols blasphemy?

I'd like an orthodox Catholic answer to this question, but any thoughtful well referenced one will suffice. (I know C.S. Lewis wrote on the subject). My kids are asking me to see The Rise of the ...
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What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...
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How was God created? [duplicate]

We're assuming God created everything. Who created God? Can any doctrine answer this question?
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Why did only 4 people write about the Life of Jesus Christ? [duplicate]

Judas died and was replaced by Matthias. There were at least eleven intimate disciples of Jesus Christ who could write the genuine life of Christ. But we have only 4 books which record the life of ...
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Why four Gospels?

We find that in the New Testament, teachings of Jesus Christ are recorded in four Gospels by four different apostles. Why did God give us four Gospels instead of just one?
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What happened to the Sarum rite?

The Sarum rite was the traditional rule of liturgical worship for Catholics in England, and to some extent in the rest of the British Isles, for many years. It is related to the Roman rite, and to ...
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Why are many protestants hesitant of the reappropriation of symbols?

There are many symbols in Christianity that were, well, borrowed from paganism. Over the last 200 years the history is rich with the reappropriation of pagan symbols to have Christian meanings and ...
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What might the Bible refer to for ‘marital unfaithfulness’, other than adultery?

I know that divorce is frowned upon by God; however there are exceptions to this, abuse, being one of them, along with adultery. However, when one reads through the Bible, ‘marriage unfaithfulness’ ...
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How have major theological traditions handled “continuing to indulge in sin when saved?”

There is interest in the question of what happens to someone who continues to indulge in a specific sinful habit while (apparently, originally) saved. What happens to this person? So far, I've asked ...
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Are there Christian traditions/literatures regarding fear of God and Heaven in the afterlife?

It seems to me that contemplating encountering God (as understood by most Christians), and one's life in Heaven, in the afterlife, could, in some cases, give rise to significant fear. One might be, ...
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What is the reasoning behind the Amish practice of avoiding technological advances?

The Amish seem to believe that it is somehow wrong to utilize technological advances, such as the automobile, electricity, etc. What is the basis for this belief (among those that do this for ...
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What traditions include “dearly departed” Christians as participants in communion?

I've seen some treatments of communion that encourage one to celebrate that their dearly departed relatives are coming up to an invisible railing behind the wall. This seemed to be a great sentiment ...
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Was Adam androgynous?

Genesis 1:27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. It seems like Adam was created with both genders. Some Jewish traditions ...
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Who could have written the Pastoral Epistles?

In my Bible, The New Oxford Annotated Bible (NSRV), a prologue states the Pastoral Epistles are psuedoepigraphical, not written by Paul. When comparing "The Letter of Romans or other letters ...
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Does John 6:44 imply that there is no free will when it comes to salvation?

I was struck by reading this verse in John the other night: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him I've heard the term 'predestination', however it is unclear to me how ...
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What is the purpose of calling out individual sins if God's mercy nullifies them? [duplicate]

If everyone is of sin, and if only God can forgive sin -- why call out each sin individuality? This is not a Christian doctrine I ascribe to, but I'm asking because a lot of other Christians do ...
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What is the distinction between ordinance types in the LDS church?

I recently listened to a discussion between a couple of LDS leaders in which there was a clear distinction drawn between "priesthood ordinances" and "temple ordinances". Baptism, at least, seemed to ...
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Does every denomination / sect have a catechism?

In Lutheranism, there's the Small Catechism, Large Catechism, and the Book of Concord, with each book in series getting much larger and having more specific doctrinal material. Even though the ...
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Is there any reference regarding the use of these extra-biblical sources in Mennonite congregations?

Background A few years ago, a concern was raised by a member of a local Mennonite congregation about the use of citations from the Shepherd of Hermas. At the time, the concern was alleviated when it ...
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What will happen to the Trinity when the Bride of Christ is revealed?

Are there any Christian teaching that address What will happen to the Trinity when the “Bride of Christ” is established, will it then be a Quadrinity? Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of ...
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Sinned when born? [duplicate]

I am somewhat confused. We are born sinners already? We didn't do anything bad or harmed anyone and are just born, and right away we are sinners? Not trying to sound stupid or anything, and am myself ...
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What is the “new doctrine” that Leo Tolstoy mentions in *Anna Karenina*?

In Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina (1873-1877), there's a point where the author refers to a "new doctrine" that was fashionable among the Russian upper classes. The following extract is from Part ...
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What sort of Christians are proponents of just war?

Which sects of Christianity are support the idea of "Just War"? What are the arguments that they give that support this view? How do they see their views on this issue being related to the Bible?
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Why was Paul allowed to write in jail?

We know that Paul was held under some brutal conditions—his feet in stocks in one case. Yet he was still able to write many letters from prison. Was this during some of his "nicer accommodations", or ...
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What O.T passages do premillenialists believe to be about the Millennial Kingdom?

What passages do premilleialists, that is, those who believe the "1000 year reign of Christ to be a literal event to occur only after the second coming of Christ, find in the Old testament that they ...
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Has the Catholic Church or any large Christian organization ever had a policy of paying people to not have abortions?

Has the Catholic Church, or any large Christian churches or denominations, ever had a policy of paying money to people to not have abortions? For example, paying $10,000-$40,000 for a mother to ...
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Do any Protestant groups teach that Paul founded the Church and not Peter?

I have always been told that Peter was the head of the entire Church at the time of Christ, but James was apparently leader of the Church in Jerusalem, and Paul started a number of churches outside ...
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Has a papyrus been found that was written by a disciple of Jesus?

My list of papyri discoveries is a little dated. Has any new papyrus been found from the 1st. cent. that one of the immediate disciples of Jesus wrote? It would be in Aramaic, I expect. There was a ...
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Witchcraft in Christianity?

I recently came across this: Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, ...
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What is the biblical basis for Antinomianism or extreme Grace?

What is the biblical basis for systematic Antinomianism or if you prefer extreme Grace? With first hand knowledge of its teachings justify this view. Wikipedia lists verses of the Bible which seem to ...
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What happened to the resurrected after death?

In the Bible (primarily the New Testament), we see numerous people who were raised from the dead. Drawing from this link, we see the following were raised from death: Widow of Zarephath's son (1 ...
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Apostle John lived in Ephesus - what sources claim that?

Which earliest sources does Christianity posses that claim that apostle John spent the last years of his life in Ephesus?
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How to perceive Acts 15:28-29 & Matthew 11:28?

Acts 15:28-29 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, ...
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Are there any biblical incidents of people condemned for consensual premarital sex?

I'm reading what is perhaps the funnest and most authentic Christian memoir ever: Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir She writes about sex, saying at one point: ...
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Does Roman Catholic Church recognize some Eastern Orthodox Saints?

I heard that in some of Catholic churches (I mean parishes) in Europe there are icons of Russian Saints, such as Seraphim of Sarov, for example (may be I'm wrong, I personally haven't seen this). So ...
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What does it really mean to leave parents after the marriage?

Many references in Bible points out that Man must leave his parents after marriage. Does it really mean that the parents and wife cannot live together in a common house ?
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sactioned abortion?

Numbers 5:11-22 NIV 11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual ...
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So before Christ [duplicate]

Was anyone able to get to heaven before Jesus? Logically you'd have to say no, because no human being is perfect, except for Christ. What passages might suggest the opposite?

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